I think that is the oddest thing I've heard today. So long as a trailer is SAFE, it can be a $900 half-rusted out steel tiny two-horse straight-load bumper pull, and I'd happily haul a $10,000 horse in it.
I think a lot of it depends on how often you trailer and how much you're willing to spend...not so much on the horse's value. And of course, safety of the trailer is paramount. I'd no sooner haul a free horse in an unsafe trailer than a showhorse. I paid $3000 for mine, which is more than I've ever spent on a horse.
What difference does it make, as long as the trailer with which you're hauling the horse is safe?
I've never heard anyone say they expect equal value for both trailer and horses. Makes no sense at all, since one is a living, breathing, sentient creature and the other is a hunk of metal, rubber, and electrical wiring.
It depends what you want in a trailer. If you want a nice trailer that just holds horses it'll cost a lot less then a trailer with living quarters/tack room etc.
If you have a super expensive fancy show horse and will be going around the nation you'll pay more for a fancy giant trailer with living quarters, I'd say.
I'm probably just going to but a cheap, safe 2 hauler for around 2k, but my horse will likely cost closer to 6k... It also depends where you live because in BC horses cost some serious gold! I also only plan to haul to trails etc no big trips!
Maybe he didn't so much mean that that's how it Should be, but to generalize, maybe that's how it is.
After all, if I could AFFORD the $20,000 horse, then I am probably within means to have an expensive trailer. (Alas, I am not).
Reality for many (re: ME) is that we are lucky to be able to make the truck payments to be able to haul the little sardine can into which we shove our inexpensive (yet priceless) horses.
He asked me how much I had paid for my horse I said 9 and he said, and you are hauling him with that old thing? I said yes.. It works fine and I just got a new floor... He turned around and laughed as he walked off shaking his head..
I wanted to smack him!
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